WASHINGTON — Most of the October employment data took a turn for the worse in a dismal report, as payrolls printed down 240,000 (27,000 unadjusted was due to the Boeing Corp. strike). However, there were massive lower revisions to September-August totaling 179,000, presumably from additional responses that came in weaker than assumed in the first estimate.
The civilian unemployment rate surged 0.4 point to 6.5%, a level last seen in March 1994. Unemployment jumped across ages and sex. The jobless rate was just 4.8% a year ago.